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Pentagon could take on control of nukes: report

THE Obama administration is considering moving nuclear weapons production management from the Energy Department to the Pentagon, The New York Times reported yesterday.

The change, which the report said would end more than 60 years of civilian control over nuclear bomb manufacture, would be meant to let the Energy Department focus more on energy research, production and conservation, the report said.

The White House has ordered the departments looks at costs and benefits of transfering two national laboratories that design weapons, the testing site in Nevada, as well as all or part of four plants that build and maintain bombs and store weapons fuel, the Times said.

The idea was contained in a document the White House Office of Management and Budget sent to the departments which have a September 30 deadline for completion of the study, the Times said.

Oversight of cleanup of polluted weapons plants would remain with Energy, the Times said. Energy Department officials had no comment.


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